Clients do not look for firms but for the best teams of lawyers with the depth of experience they need to solve their public law problems. So we value our staff. We employ and are always on the lookout for great public lawyers with good experience and a passion for justice.

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Mai Chen

Founding Partner

Mai Chen is the founding partner of Chen Palmer NZPLS, Barristers and Solicitors, Australasia’s first public law specialist firm, which she co-founded in 1994.

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Nick Russell


Nick Russell is an experienced public law litigator who has appeared as counsel in a range of key cases at the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council.

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Marina Matthews


Marina heads the firm's Education team. She has significant Parliamentary experience and has been a specialist advisor to several Education Ministers. She has experiece in a range of public policy processes including the preparation of Cabinet papers, briefing Ministers, and preparing for Select Committees.

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Anthony Russell


Anthony specialises in providing expert employment law advice, and has provided quality advice across a range of sectors. Anthony has been practicising law since 1991 and has represented a wide range of employment law clients, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure industries.

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Dani Gardiner


Dani provides legal and strategic advice to clients dealing with government.  She acts for clients wanting to influence law or policy, at central and local government levels.  She advises on regulatory compliance and dealing with regulators. Dani acts for clients seeking to challenge government decisions, with a focus on assisting people to find constructive solutions to the problems they are having dealing with government.  She also acts on judicial review proceedings.  Supported by a recent Master of Laws (Public Law) and experience as a commercial litigator in major law firms in New Zealand and overseas.   

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James Dunne

Senior Associate - leader Parliament Team

James has valuable inside knowledge of how Parliament works in New Zealand. He specialises in law reform and strategic public law and is an expert in the regulation of new psychoactives, legal highs and party pills.

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Claire English

Senior Associate - Employment

Claire was admitted to the bar in 2002 after graduating from the University of Waikato with an LLB/BA. Since being admitted, Claire has specalised in employment law and has a great deal of experience in advising clients on a range of employment law issues and opportunities.

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Katrina Van Houtte

Senior Associate

Katrina was admitted to the bar in 2006 and has experience working closely with a wide range of clients, including large corporations, construction companies, international insurance firms, iwi and individuals.

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Katy Bexley

Intermediate Associate

Katy was admitted to the bar in 2009, after graduating from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in International Relations.

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Kate Broadhurst

Intermediate Associate

Katrina was admitted to the bar in 2009 and has worked in leading commercial law firms specialising in commercial litigation.  She has experience advising clients in a wide range of areas

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George McLellan


George McLellan started at Chen Palmer in 2012.  He works primarily in Chen Palmer's public law, government engagement, and education teams as well as supporting the employment law and litigation teams.

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Max Hardy


Max has an LLB (Hons) with First Class Honours. His study focused on public law, especially local authority, human rights and international law.

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Alice Krzanich


Alice Krzanich completed a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History at the University of Auckland.

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Shreya Regmi


Shreya Regmi is an Associate at Chen Palmer and works in the Chen Palmer Public Law and Employment Law teams as well as supporting the Litigation team.

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Sarah Mead

Law Clerk

Sarah is a recent LLB/ BA graduate from Victoria University of Wellington, she joins Chen Palmer as a Law Clerk.

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Steph Jones


Steph is a recent graduate of Victoria University, where she completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and French.

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Denise O'Connor

Admin Support

Denise provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.

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Razia Bibi

Admin support

Razia provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.

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Vicky Davis

Admin support

Vicky provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.

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Emma Lowe

General Manager of NZ Asian Leaders

Emma is responsible for implementing the vision of NZ Asian Leaders, supporting sponsors and members and managing the day to day operations of the organisation.

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Lisa Martin

Financial Controller

Lisa Martin manages the financial administration and accounting software for our business. Fundamentally she ensures our debtors keep…

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Chief Morale Officer

Pippin is a very friendly and energetic Border Collie. She is always avaliable to keep staff and clients entertained.

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